Wendy Wall has maintained her grace. She’s survived heartbreak, inner demons, deferred dreams and the sometimes seemingly unforgiving terms of life as an artist. Rather than lapse into bitterness or cynicism, which Ms Wall would describe as a personal defeat, she has the rare gift of turning pain into beauty.
On your first spin through Wendy’s new record The Road to Paradise her densely textured voice is the initial draw; it is magical and haunted. But don’t stop there. Spin it again and the voice draws you into the full beauty of the song. Listening to Wendy Wall’s music is like appreciating a particularly lustrous fabric, a shimmering, intricately interlaced sonic weave of life, love, loss, transcendence, and hope.
With an unfiltered connection straight from heart to voice, Ms Wall sings of love lost, love renewed, of life, of community, of humanity, of “hard lessons learned”, of transformation, in a voice that radiates warmth, empathy and a paradoxical innocence that somehow manages to coexist side by side with experience and wisdom. The lyrics, on their own, read as soul-searching statements on the human experience.
An accomplished songwriter, Ms. Wall crafts musical poetry. The finished fabric of her music allows what is essential to unfold slowly, the listener to savor the discovery. Through her creative process, Ms. Wall makes a real and lasting connection with her fans and creates a musical conversation to continue for years to come.
Wendy Wall is an American singer-songwriter, originally based out of New York’s Greenwich Village. She started out busking in the streets of New York City with singer-songwriters Ellie Sarty and Lynne Robyn and eventually went solo, moving to the Village and the thriving music scene there. Her recording career began in 1989.
Her music is an eclectic blend of folk, rock, alternative acoustic pop, blues. Wendy first recorded in 1989 on SBK/EMI and was one of the forerunners of the eclectic female singer-songwriter wave that blossomed in the 90’s and continues to evolve to this day. In the late 90’s, again at the forefront, Wendy formed her own label and entered the independent music scene.
The Road to Paradise (March 31 2009) is Wendy’s second independent release, although the third independently recorded album
Fans have called Wendy’s music “wonderfully philosophical, lusciously listenable music” and called Wendy “one of our greatest national treasures, and one of our best kept secrets”
Wendy’s self-titled debut album on the SBK/EMI label, produced by Grammy winning producer Rob Fraboni, was a New York Music Award winner and seven-fold nominee, including nominations for Best Female Vocalist and Best Songwriter, winner of Best Folk Album.
She has had videos on VH1 and been the musical guest star on David Letterman, The Joan Lunden Show and Nile Rodger’s inner visions on VH1. Her song “Postcard to the Stars” was featured on VH1’s Earth Day Special in the 90’s. Wendy’s songs serve as sonic oases, offering both sustenance and a vantage point for putting life’s terrain into perspective